Google+ Social Networking Site Will Be Shutting Down On April 2

Is your personal Google+ account going away on April 2, 2019? The answer to that question is yes, that’s when the process of closing down the apparently unloved and little-used Google+ social network will begin. In December 2018 Google announced that they would be shuttering their Google+ social networking site for good due “to low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers’ expectations.” On 30 January 2019, the search engine giant offered a specific date for the beginning of the shutdown process — 2 April 2019: On April 2nd, your Google+ account and any Google+ pages you created will be shut down Read More

Oscars 2019

Time For Oscar Nominations 2019: The Complete List Is Here And…

The Academy Awards will air live Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on ABC. Here is the full list of 2019 Oscar nominations: Best Picture: “Black Panther” “BlacKkKlansman” “Bohemian Rhapsody” “The Favourite” “Green Book” “Roma” “A Star Is Born” “Vice” Lead Actor: Christian Bale, “Vice” Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born” Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate” Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody” Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book” Lead Actress: Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma” Glenn Close, “The Wife” Olivia Colman, “The Favourite” Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born” Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, “Green Book” Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman” Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born” Read More

Gym Locker Room

Locker Room Trysts Trouble Health Clubs; What Are They Doing About It?

A FEW months ago Timothy Young, a comedian and puppeteer, headed to the steam room of a Y.M.C.A. in Brooklyn to relax after working out. When he opened the door, he saw two men kissing and fondling each other. “Go ahead, I don’t care,” Mr. Young, 31, told them. But he did leave the room. Not all gymgoers are blasé when they stumble upon locker-room canoodling. “They’re infringing on my right to work out at the gym without having to deal with that nonsense,” said Cyd Zeigler Jr., a member of David Barton Gym and a co-founder of, an online magazine for gay sports fans and Read More

Planet Earth Wobbles As It Spins, and Now Scientists Know Why

Humans are responsible for some of the wobble in Earth’s spin. Since 1899, the Earth’s axis of spin has shifted about 34 feet (10.5 meters). Now, research quantifies the reasons why and finds that a third is due to melting ice and rising sea levels, particularly in Greenland — placing the blame on the doorstep of anthropogenic climate change. Another third of the wobble is due to land masses expanding upward as the glaciers retreat and lighten their load. The final portion is the fault of the slow churn of the mantle, the viscous middle layer of the planet. “We have provided evidence for more than one Read More

Dorothy’s ruby slippers stolen 13 years ago have now been found by the FBI

Glinda, the Good Witch of the South in “The Wizard of Oz,” says it best when she describes the appeal of those ruby red slippers to the Wicked Witch of the West: “Their magic must be very powerful, or she wouldn’t want them so badly.” And so, for 13 years, the fate of a missing pair of red sequined slippers worn by actress Judy Garland as Dorothy has eluded law enforcement. But there’s no place like home, as they say, and the shoes have been found, according to the FBI. On Tuesday afternoon, authorities intend to reveal details of the shoes’ recovery at the FBI Minneapolis headquarters. Read More

California now has “fire tornados” and the damage is massive

Nothing was typical about the way the Carr Fire tore into the city of Redding, California on July 27. Photos released by the city late last week show an aerial perspective of the devastation caused when it launched its deadly assault on the community of about 100,000. The big picture: This wildfire transformed from an intense blaze to something even the most senior firefighters had never seen before: a towering, spinning inferno that sped downhill, tore across small, outlying subdivisions and towns, and torched parts of the city. Photos show entire homes charred down to the foundation, next to homes that survived as if untouched by the Read More

Hefner Family Sells Off Last Stake In Playboy Enterprises For $35M

Hugh Hefner’s name and the magazine he founded will likely be linked in the public’s mind for as long as the latter keeps publishing new content, but in the financial sense the two are no longer connected. That is the case now that the late Hefner’s family has recently made the decision to sell off their last remaining shares in Playboy Enterprises, as reported by The Blast. The Hugh Hefner Trust and Playboy Enterprises struck a deal that had the latter buying back the former’s shares for the grand total of $35 million. More precisely, the deal was struck between the Hefner Trust and Icon Acquisition Holdings LLC, a Read More

Atlanta school eliminates morning Pledge of Allegiance recitation

An Atlanta charter school will not recite the Pledge of Allegiance as part of its morning meeting agenda. Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School on Grant Street made the announcement Tuesday in a news release by its elementary campus president Lara Zelski. Students will be given the opportunity to say the pledge at another point during the school day, and the decision was made “in an effort to begin our day as a fully inclusive and connected community,” according to the release. The release went on to say “Over the past couple of years it has become increasingly obvious that more and more of our community were choosing to not Read More

The End of Plastic Straws; Everything You Need To Know

Plastic straws have been a big topic of discussion as of late. It’s no surprise that they’re not great for the environment, but if a switch to plastic lids (à la Starbucks) is making you scratch your head, here’s what you need to know. Because of their size, plastic straws can literally slip through the cracks when going through the recycling process. They often end up in the ocean, where they can do damage to sea creatures who mistake them for food. And when they’re not recycled, they wind up in landfills. Plastic lids, while not ideal, are much easier to recycle. Even if you’re not a Read More

Three Very Popular Travel Adventurer YouTubers Die at Canada Waterfall

The bodies of Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh and Megan Scraper were pulled from the waters of Shannon Falls, just north of Vancouver, on Tuesday. Ryker Gamble, a popular YouTube travel and adventure video-blogger, and two fellow vloggers with the High on Life extreme travel channel, Alexey Lyakh and Megan Scraper, died on Tuesday after a waterfall swimming accident just north of Vancouver. A spokesperson for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that three bodies were pulled from Shannon Falls after a swimming mishap. The RCMP and the B.C. Coroner’s Office declined to identify the deceased trio after their families requested privacy. But, on Read More